Thank You Emilio for "Bobby"

Genres: Drama and Politics/Religion
Running Time: 1 hr. 51 min.
Release Date: November 17th, 2006 (NY/LA); November 23rd, 2006 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for language, drug content and a scene of violence.
Distributors: MGM Distribution Company, The Weinstein Company

Directed by: Emilio Estevez

JJ Rating: A

At the Ambassador Hotel people anticipate the arrival of Bobby Kennedy. They hope he wins the election so that what they wish to occur in America can. They saw a bright new American future with him winning. Of course that hope is crushed, but this movie is about the lives of several people who were there at the hotel that day. It’s the lives of those that wanted something more out of America than what they had seen thus far.

I liked watching the movie and going, They are in this movie? But just so that everyone can be mentioned here is a list of the stars:

Anthony Hopkins, Demi Moore, Sharon Stone, Lindsay Lohan,Elijah Wood, William H. Macy, Helen Hunt Christian Slater, Laurence Fishburne, Freddy Rodriguez, Nick Cannon, Emilio Estevez, Shia LaBeouf, Brian Geraghty, Joshua Jackson, Martin Sheen, Joy Bryant, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, David Kobzantsev, Heather Graham, Svetlana Metkina, Harry Belafonte, Jacob Vargas, Spencer Garrett, Ashton Kutcher, and David Krumholtz.

This was one of those movies I wanted to see. I wanted to see this movie and I did not think I would really enjoy it as much as I did. But I did. I saw a review that stated it was just a mess of characters and it was hard to follow. I think that having that amount of people from different backgrounds in the movie is fantastic. It’s cool to see the average Joe’s story being told instead of the well-known Senator’s story. I think that it held a lot of heart and it incited me to care for the people that were being portrayed on the screen. It was also cool to see so many familiar faces. Must be awesome to be Emilio Estevez when you can ask people and they’ll agree to do a film. I am sure I’m not the only person that finds seeing so many people in a film that doesn’t dictate one person as the total star cool.

Bobby tells a side of the story that is not often told. It’s the side of the story with “normal” people who clamor about a famous person, instead of the other way around with the famous person being more of the focus. What happens to Bobby is devastating and shocking and sad. He was with the people a lot and it sucks that someone has to ruin that with their own selfish needs. Now there are not many politicians like that who go out and meet people like he did. They now have to be more protected because of what happened to Bobby. We get to see the lives in which he touched on that day at the hotel.

Even though it’s just a single day it’s amazing how much story is squeezed out of a day. I believe everyone did an outstanding job with their characters. They don’t have a lot of screen time to split amongst each other. What they did was make their time count. I think that that is something this movie should be praised for. Maybe it will be nominated for an Oscar and if it is, then rightly so.

In my movie collection I don’t have a political movie. I don’t have that movie that is based on a true story on a political person. That’s not my favorite type of movie. My aunt loves those kinds of movies such as J.F.K. But it’s not the type of movie I get. This one might be the exception. I’m thinking about adding it to my collection when it pops out on DVD. It offers insight on an event I did not know too much about prior to seeing the movie. I knew Bobby was assonated but that was about all I knew. Now I know a bit more about the story.

I liked the thoughts that were in the movie about different things like race, doing ones job, being humble, being one’s self, doing the right thing, being sorry for what one has already done and above all having hope. These people had hope in their sights. They believed that R.F.K., Robert or Bobby Kennedy, was that hope. In one act of malicious intent it was taken from them and even that event pulled people together to comfort one another.

I would like to thank Emilio Estevez for writing and directing this film. I thank him because it’s one of those rare good films that didn’t have extreme political intent but just wanted to tell a story and it did. He told a very good story and even if he doesn’t win an award for his hard work I would like him to know that I appreciate it. I understand how it feels to put your blood and sweat into something and hear someone state how they appreciate it. Thank-you Emilio Estevez, it’s nice to see such good movies every so often. Bobby is one of those good movies.

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